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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Laira

Are you moving and want to know more about Laira? Our complete guide to utilities in Laira will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Laira water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Laira.

About Laira, Devon

Laira PL3 has a population of 6,736 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Laira?

Laira water services are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Laira

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Laira water account.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for South West Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South West Water telephone number South West Water Emergency telephone number
0344 346 1010 0344 346 2020
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to South West Water

You can also get in touch with South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to South West Water can do so by writing to the South West Water address below:

South West Water Address
Peninsula House, Rydon Lane
Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HR

Price of water in Laira

Water bill in Laira

Water rates in Laira will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Laira water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Laira water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Laira

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Laira home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Laira home.

Unmetered Customers in Laira

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Laira home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Laira home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Laira will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Laira water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Laira could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Laira?

The average water bill Laira residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Laira water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. Once you've registered an account with South West Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Laira bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your South West Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Laira?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Laira PL3, your water supplier is South West Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Laira Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Laira have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Laira

Is tap water in Laira safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Laira. You can rest assured that Laira water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Laira water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Laira water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Laira come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Laira:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

How hard is the water in Laira

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness in Laira is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Laira is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Laira contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Laira.

Laira No Water

If you have no water in your Laira home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Laira.

If there is no water at your Laira home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Laira.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Laira water leak or flooding

Laira water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Laira home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Laira property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Laira taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Laira water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Laira water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Laira water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to South West Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Laira PL3

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Laira home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Laira with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Laira Average Download Speed Laira Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Laira. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Laira?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Laira.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Laira is what's available. The majority of homes in Laira can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Laira?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Laira
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Laira homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Laira.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Laira.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Laira broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Laira. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Laira. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Laira Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Laira should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Laira home is something to think about.

Laira broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Laira broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Laira.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Laira have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Laira?

The average speed of broadband in Laira is:

Laira Average Download Speed Laira Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Laira, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Laira property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Laira.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Laira

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Laira is 01806. When making a call to someone in Laira, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Laira call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Laira

Residents of Laira can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Laira home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Laira distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Laira below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Laira

The electricity distribution network operator for Laira is Western Power Distribution - South West. You can find the Western Power Distribution - South West contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - South West Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email wpdnewsupplies@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Lostwithiel Road
Bodmin, Cornwall

There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Laira

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Laira.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Laira

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Laira, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Laira.